NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS - 2022!
Happy New Year to the whole tonebase Guitar community!
As much we may love the guitar, it’s not so easy to set goals and stay committed to realizing them over the course of a year… at least, it’s not so easy to do this alone, which is how I often try (and fail) to undertake such goals.
That’s why I’ve created this thread. Here is a place for anyone and everyone in the tonebase community to come up with your individual guitar-related New Year’s resolutions and support each other in our efforts to realize them.
- Make a post below to announce your guitar-goals for the new year,
- over the coming days, weeks, and months, use the sub-thread of your own post to keep us all updated on your progress (videos encouraged!)
- and in the meantime, scroll through to read each other’s resolutions and click “reply” to offer advice or words of encouragement.
- Please try to keep conversations within sub-threads, and only make a single new post to share your resolutions. This will help keep the mega-thread clean so we can navigate more easily and check in on each other.
- Keep in mind that there are people of all ages and ability levels in the tonebase community, so if you’re one of the more advanced ones don’t gloat about it, and if you’re a novice don’t be shy.
- If you don’t want to share your goals, you’re still welcome to comment on other members’ thread.
- I will go first! Lately, I have been very occupied with teaching and recording, but from February on I will be able to dedicate more time to my personal projects. I recently found an old concert program of mine, which included pieces like the Grand Ouverture by Giuliani, multiple solo pieces by Barrios and Mertz, BWV 997, Torroba's Sonatina and Regondi's Introduction et Caprice.
- I resolve to re-visit old pieces and discover new pieces, alternating every month to build a solo concert repertoire.
- I resolve to have at least 30min of concert repertoire ready by the end of the year
- To get there, I resolve to practice the piece a minimum of 30 minutes every weekday.
- I commit to mindful practice, enjoying playing the piece slowly and carefully and always listening.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! LET'S GO!
My goals are twofold. Having focus instead of constantly noodling is a problem for me and the last community challenge gave me the confidence that I could take a piece and get it performance ready in a month. My first goal is to take one or two pieces, depending on the length and difficulty, each month and work them up to performance readiness by the end of the month. Similar to what Martin said, this should help me build a relatively substantial performance repertoire by the end of the year.
Also, the community concert was my first performance experience and I didn't have a nervous breakdown so I want to challenge myself to perform at any opportunity here and/or in the analog world.
Wishing everyone a great 2023. Thanks for all the support and advice from this great community.
I started back here two years ago with a personal goal to rebuild myself as a musician and classical guitarist after being inactive for too long. By the time, thanks to martin , I learned how to produce good audio and video and started out a YT channel. This year I want to go a step further…
- Be more active as a community member on Tonebase
- Rebuild myself as a live performer
- Build up a base concert repertoire
- Produce and publish a digital single and EP
- Produce more videos for YT
I don't normally set goals for the new year, because, well, I'm, like, kinda perfect already! Of course, that's not something I would ever gloat about ... you know, just sayin'. Ahem, well maybe a few improvements here or there might not hurt ... But seriously, my one ToneBase resolution needs to be that I will start posting videos, however inadequate they might be, of my rather feeble attempts at making music. (I have for too long given myself the excuse of not having recovered from an unfortunate injury, but as it's doubtful I'll ever recover, it's time to move on.) I plan to begin with the coming "Landslog' challenge. I did participate in the original challenge, but didn't manage to get anything to the point where I felt comfortable presenting it. This time, I trust, will be different ...
Nice initiative! I spent this last day of 2022 (such a painful year this was!) without touching my guitar and
1) I promise myself to allow one day of the week like that, and be confident that my technique will not suffer from that relaxation.
2) I promise also to keep always a 30 minute or so repertoire more or less ready-for-concert and prepare not more than 2 new pieces at the time to bring them up to performance level. If I have more time I can read through some new repertoire or relearn/ revise old repertoire,
3) Be less ambitious (don’t try to play so many different pieces, just because everyone is playing them) , but at the same time be more ambitious (learn longer and more challenging pieces, just because they are meaningful to me) it’s all about making the right choices, by far not the easiest task….
Wishing you all an inspiring 2023